Karen Burkett PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Assistant Professor

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Website:   https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/bio/b/karen-burkett#pageBody

Expertise Areas:

Dr. Burkett’s research trajectory is to reduce health disparities for youth at-risk for or diagnosed with developmental disabilities. She is a qualitative researcher experienced in ethnonursing, community-based participatory research and focus group methods, who has used these methods to inform her intervention research. Her intervention studies are focused on African American, Latinx and low-income families and youth with developmental disorders including developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities. Her current studies are focused on removing barriers to early intervention for children at-risk for developmental delay and their families in poverty. She has a clinical practice as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Cincinnati Childrens for children and youth with developmental disorders.

Dr. Burkett was inducted as a charter member of the Transcultural Nursing Scholar group in 2008. She was awarded a Transcultural Nursing Research Award in 2010 and in 2017 received a Bridge Builder Award for collaborating with Cincinnati Head Start to aid in the fulfillment of their mission.

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Select Publications:

Burkett, K., Pickler, R., Bowers, K., Folker, A. (2020) Disparities Affect Developmental Risk for Head Start Preschoolers. Journal of Pediatric Nursing: Special Issue on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Child and Adolescent Health Care. 54:86-92

Burkett, K., Morris, E., Anthony, J., Shambley-Ebron, D., Manning, P. (2017) Parenting African American Children with Autism: The Influence of Respect and Faith in Mother, Father, Single and Two-Parent Care. Journal of Transcultural Nursing 28(5):496-504 doi.org/10.1177/1043659616662316

Burkett, K., Morris, E., Manning-Courtney, P., Anthony, J., Shambley-Ebron, D. (2015) African American Families on Autism Diagnosis and Treatment: The Influence of Culture. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 45(10),3244-3254. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-015-2482-x

Burkett, K., Morris, E. (2015) Enabling Trust in Qualitative Research with Culturally Diverse Participants. Journal of Pediatric Health Care 29(1), 108-112. Published online July 23, 2014. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.06.002
Morris, E.J., Burkett, K. (2011) Mixed methodologies: A new research paradigm or enhanced quantitative paradigm. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare 1(1), 27-36.

Present/Future Directions 

Transcultural care is core to promoting the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. Keeping transcultural care at the center of nursing practice and research can be a mechanism for safeguarding equity in health care.

Updated 03/2021